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Jan 22, 2011 23:33 |  #16

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Jan 23, 2011 00:01 |  #17

Thanks Bill, Mathew, Dan and Jack, greatly appreciate the kind comments.

Dan, I save that move for the marsh birds, confuses the gators. :)


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Jan 23, 2011 10:49 |  #18

AWESOME PHOTOS Steve, the kingfisher is what fasinated me into nature photography...i have some long shots but nothing like yours, i have a river(white river in indiana) that has some Kingfishers and one place theres' a cliff with soil showing. so this spring , i'll do some scouting, which is what i do best and maybe get lucky and get some nature photos on some perches..of course i'll set-up a blind..............tha​nks for the inspiration and tips.....Outdoorsman11




  
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Jan 23, 2011 19:34 |  #19

Outdoorsman11 wrote in post #11697796 (external link)
AWESOME PHOTOS Steve, the kingfisher is what fasinated me into nature photography...i have some long shots but nothing like yours, i have a river(white river in indiana) that has some Kingfishers and one place theres' a cliff with soil showing. so this spring , i'll do some scouting, which is what i do best and maybe get lucky and get some nature photos on some perches..of course i'll set-up a blind..............tha​nks for the inspiration and tips.....Outdoorsman11

Thanks, Outdoorsman. I'm glad you enjoyed and hope that you get the results you're after.

It sounds like the location you mention might be prime breeding grounds. Good luck there but please use caution at nesting time, these birds require space. Don't want to stress them while they build the population. :)


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Jan 24, 2011 13:34 |  #20

Nighthound wrote in post #11700747 (external link)
Thanks, Outdoorsman. I'm glad you enjoyed and hope that you get the results you're after.

It sounds like the location you mention might be prime breeding grounds. Good luck there but please use caution at nesting time, these birds require space. Don't want to stress them while they build the population. :)


Great point Steve. I don't think that can be stressed enough. Respect the wildlife folks. It's their home, we humans have messed it up enough as it is. Give them distance to live as they should.


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Jan 25, 2011 19:44 |  #21

Thanks Tina. I just spent the last twenty minutes or so admiring your stunning bird photography. You have an amazing talent and incredible variety in your gallery. I keep dreaming of a trip to the Aussie paradise of Avian bliss.

Thankyou Steve, your lovely comments are very much appreciated. I guess I am very lucky, I travel a fair bit, and always seem to capture something, but rarely have I actually spent time like you do, in hides, or stalking, and I really admire your work! I keep dreaming of a trip to florida and the birds there! There really isn't an awful lot close to where I live, except down the road is an egret nesting colony, but the conditions there leave a lot to be desired, so often it is just pot luck to get something a bit better than ordinary.


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Jan 26, 2011 13:24 |  #22

Good article Steve! Probaby the cheapest blinds that I could get and looks quite camouflage to me (not to curious humans though ;P). I might consider your method this spring/summer.


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Jan 27, 2011 02:39 as a reply to  @ post 11695085 |  #23

"One day I hope to capture the ultimate Kingfisher photo of a female feeding her young."

I hope you achieve that shot soon and I look forward to it. :)


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Jan 28, 2011 22:40 |  #24

Great article and beautiful images, Steve. Those guys have been my nemesis. My best images of them are horrible. One of these days ...


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Jan 29, 2011 09:34 |  #25

luciddreamer wrote in post #11705392 (external link)
Great point Steve. I don't think that can be stressed enough. Respect the wildlife folks. It's their home, we humans have messed it up enough as it is. Give them distance to live as they should.

Absolutely, nature first-photos are secondary.

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Thankyou Steve, your lovely comments are very much appreciated. I guess I am very lucky, I travel a fair bit, and always seem to capture something, but rarely have I actually spent time like you do, in hides, or stalking, and I really admire your work! I keep dreaming of a trip to florida and the birds there! There really isn't an awful lot close to where I live, except down the road is an egret nesting colony, but the conditions there leave a lot to be desired, so often it is just pot luck to get something a bit better than ordinary.

You're welcome Tina. I'm a firm believer that when we have to work to find the subjects and direct more attention and effort to "making" the shots we advance our skills quicker as well as gaining the important knowledge of animal behavior.

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Good article Steve! Probaby the cheapest blinds that I could get and looks quite camouflage to me (not to curious humans though ;P). I might consider your method this spring/summer.

Thanks. The price is right and it gets the job done. Once you find the location then it's all about technique (and a little luck doesn't hurt either).

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"One day I hope to capture the ultimate Kingfisher photo of a female feeding her young."

I hope you achieve that shot soon and I look forward to it. :)

Thanks. It's tucked away in the back of my mind but ya gotta dream. :)

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Great article and beautiful images, Steve. Those guys have been my nemesis. My best images of them are horrible. One of these days ...

Thanks. Keep at it and you'll succeed. You just have to play by their rules.


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Jan 30, 2011 18:33 |  #26

I managed to get my first decent photo of a Kingfisher today. Lots of waiting around in a hide all weekend, getting cold feet. Today's first sighting was a pair flying by at top speed, then ten minutes later a female landed on a perch. I had time to take a single photo before she flew off. I saw her a few times more but never through the lens.
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Feb 02, 2011 07:58 |  #27

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I managed to get my first decent photo of a Kingfisher today. Lots of waiting around in a hide all weekend, getting cold feet. Today's first sighting was a pair flying by at top speed, then ten minutes later a female landed on a perch. I had time to take a single photo before she flew off. I saw her a few times more but never through the lens.
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Congratulations on this great shot. With these birds patience and persistence are so important. I've stood in my make shift blind at 20F for three hours many mornings so I know how they make you work for it. You are so fortunate to have this species to photograph, they're incredibly colorful.

Good luck and please post more, looking forward to seeing them.


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Feb 02, 2011 16:32 |  #28

I plan to spend Saturday in the hide again. However it's fast approaching the start of breeding season, and under UK law you need a licence to photograph Kingfishers near their nests so there's going to be a limited window before I had to start showing restraint by finding something else to shoot.


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Feb 02, 2011 20:48 |  #29

Very nice article Steve and I hope to put it to use very soon. I found a nice spot last weekend for Kingfishers and already have my spot picked out. It was cold last weekend and the perch was covered in ice where the Kingfisher was repeatedly diving and coming back and shedding water on the limb. Unfortunately, it won't have nice light until the late afternoon so I will need to set up in the middle of the afternoon so hopefully the KF's drive to fish this spot will override it's wariness of my strange presence.

Superb set of shots as usual.


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Feb 05, 2011 13:30 |  #30

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I plan to spend Saturday in the hide again. However it's fast approaching the start of breeding season, and under UK law you need a licence to photograph Kingfishers near their nests so there's going to be a limited window before I had to start showing restraint by finding something else to shoot.

I hope you got some opportunities. I wish such laws were in place here for the good of the species. They seem to thrive here so they do manage on their own but a little added protection wouldn't hurt. It seems the Belted variety are pretty good about making their nest in fairly secluded places which I'm sure plays a role in their success as a species.

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Very nice article Steve and I hope to put it to use very soon. I found a nice spot last weekend for Kingfishers and already have my spot picked out. It was cold last weekend and the perch was covered in ice where the Kingfisher was repeatedly diving and coming back and shedding water on the limb. Unfortunately, it won't have nice light until the late afternoon so I will need to set up in the middle of the afternoon so hopefully the KF's drive to fish this spot will override it's wariness of my strange presence.

Superb set of shots as usual.

Thanks Mike, best of luck on your new location. I prefer daybreak and late afternoon/evening myself not only for the sweet light but also for the cooler temps in the warm months. SC summers can be pretty brutal. Please post your shots when you get 'em.


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